Today, we provide a general overview of how to get a contractor’s license and to start building a roofing or construction business.
There are many great opportunities to build a strong, profitable company in the building industry. In just the commercial roofing industry, there are billions of dollars spent every year. But there is an essential first step toward building any successful building company: getting a contractor’s license. Contractor license requirements differ from state to state, and the process of becoming a licensed contractor may be unclear because of these differences alone.
However, getting a contractor license can ultimately be reduced to four basic steps: determining your scope of services, requesting and filling out an application, completing required testing, and submitting the licensing application for certification. Here are a few details to keep in mind while doing each step.
Contractor License Requirements
2. Request an application and fill it out. Naturally, filling out all of the necessary paperwork is a big step in obtaining licensed certification. An important thing to note— almost all 50 states have basic requirements for applicants. These requirements are the same, if not very much so, across nearly all state laws. Although this is not an exhaustive list, here are some of the requirements:
- Being at least 18 years of age
- Evidence of high school education completion or equivalent
- Evidence of legal residency or citizenship within the United States
- Documentation of other occupational licenses held within a given state
- Passport-sized photo documentation of applicant (usually 2 photos required)
- Company registration with your Secretary of State office
- Some states require surety bonds and criminal background checks, including fingerprint scanning
Contractor licensing applications are typically provided by your Secretary of State’s office. Many Secretaries of State have made these applications available for download and/or electronic submittal. Check with your Secretary of State office for more information about the proper state authorities to contact if their office does not handle state licensing.
3. Complete and pass all required testing. Written examinations are required by many states for tradecraft licensing. For state projects, questionnaires will be required for job bidding. You will be required to pay fees for the written examination, along with other fees required for the roofing contractor license in your state. Written examination fees are typically nonrefundable and can range from $50-100, sometimes more. States also differ in whether or not they allow open-book testing. Some important to details to keep in mind about the written examinations for state licensing are the following:
- The numbers of the question on the tests vary from state to state. Many states have written exams with 50-150 questions, many if not all are multiple choice or short answering in different formats.
- Content will be focused on the particular trade you are seeking licensing for. For construction, this can include contract and project management; trade-specific content; financials and tax law information; licensing, estimating, and building; and more.
- Many states require previous experience specific to the trade you are applying for licensing in, or previous experience in the general classification your trade falls into. An example includes 4 years of construction experience for taking a construction exam. Some states require training courses as well.
- States differ in how much time they give for testing. Many states offer 3-4 hours to complete the entire test.
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